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Author Kirklees Hall Coal & Iron Co
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Kirklees Hall Coal & Iron Co
Posted: 21/03/2012 20:27:09
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Hi,
Is anything known about this company? They bought 46000 tons of ore from Harrison Ainslie in 1860, none in 1868.
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Peter

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Posted: 21/03/2012 21:09:24
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have a look at Google.

Wigan’s rich industrial heritage associated with the exploitation of the extensive coal deposits of the South Lancashire coal field, sports a long list of noteworthy working class heroes, engineers, businessmen and landowners worthy of any roll of honour. Names of individuals and companies now just a distant memory for the older generation and virtually unknown to everyone else lie hidden in dusty old archives. Haigh Foundry, Brock Mill Forge, Wigan Coal and Iron Company, Walker Brothers, Worsley Mesnes Iron Works, Blue Printers, Central Wagon, Kirkless Hall Coal and Iron Company, Winstanley Colliery, Pemberton Colliery, Rylands Brothers, the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres, the Bankes family, William Peace, Alfred Hewlett, Pearson and Knowles, Robert Dalglish, the Gerrard family of Ashton in Makerfield, John Wood and Company to name but a few.

John Lancaster was one such noteworthy person, an engineer, businessman, fellow of the Geological Society and Member of Parliament. A key figure in the Kirkless Hall Coal and Iron Company and responsible for building the blast furnaces and coke ovens on the Kirkless site he later became chairman of the Wigan Coal and Iron Company when the Kirkless Hall Company was amalgamated with the Earl of Crawford's coal and engineering interests. Mr Lancaster also had a very interesting connection with the American Civil War, becoming involved in its last great sea battle between the confederate ship Alabama and the union ship Kearsarge off Cherbourg in France.

1815 Born Radcliffe near Bury Lancashire 19th September.
1841 Manager of Patricroft Colliery.
1847 Mineral agent for Lord Mostyn at Mostyn Colliery.
1849 - 56 Manager Earl Granville’s Ironworks and Collieries Shelton Staffs.
1855 - 58 Manager Shire Oak Colliery near Worksop Nottingham.
1860 Built five blast furnaces at Kirkless Hall Ironworks which were only the second set in Lancashire.
1863 Fellow of the Geological Society, Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
1864 Rescued the crew of the confederate ship Alabama when she was sunk by the union war steamer Kearsarge of Cherbourg 19th June.
1864 Contested Wigan as prospective MP July.
1870 Chairman Wigan Coal and Iron Company.
1868 - 74 MP for Wigan.
1870-84 Chairman West Cumberland Iron and Steel Works.
1884 Died age 69 at 58 Fitzjohns Avenue, Hampstead 21st April.


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